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  • Joseph Krein
    NEW REVEIW ON THE TCB GANG BY ELVISINFONET DVD Review: The TCB Gang - The Way It Was...The Untold Stories (as told by seven of Elvis closest friends)
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2006

      DVD Review:
      The TCB Gang - The Way It Was...The Untold Stories
      (as told by seven of Elvis' closest friends)

      Released by NextShow Entertainment

      Executive Producers: Michael D. Jenkins & Charles Stone

      Filmed in High Quality Digital

      Announcer: Charley Pride

      When a group of old friends gets together to reminisce it is always an
      interesting and fun time. In the case of The "TCB" Gang it is even
      more interesting as the subject matter revolves around Elvis and the
      Colonel and the group involved share something very special - having
      worked for and known The King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley.

      Based loosely around the format successfully used with "The Elvis Mob"
      documentary, "The TCB Gang" is a welcome change in format from the
      typical "biography" documentaries which have flooded in the market in
      recent years.

      Seven of those closest to Elvis reunite at the Las Vegas Hilton, the
      scene of some of Elvis' most successful performances, to enthrall the
      viewer with stories which take us behind the legend. The great thing
      about the format is that each participant offers a different
      perspective, be it about the well known or the obscure. The result is
      absorbing and illuminating.

      The 'TCB' Gang is:

      Al "Elvis has left the building" Dvorin - Elvis' friend and master of

      Loanne Parker - Colonel Tom Parker's widow

      Jerry Schilling - close family friend and Memphis Mafia member

      Joe Esposito - road manager and co-best man at Elvis and Priscilla's'

      Dick Grob - chief of security and security planning

      Sam Thompson - tour advance man and brother of Linda Thompson

      Charles Stone - Elvis' concert producer

      There is an abundance of fascinating stories told during this informal
      get-together of the TCB Gang. And the way they are told will leave you
      with a smile on your face.

      Among the great stories are:

      * The Colonel's fascination with elephants
      * Jerry Schilling and the Millennium Moment
      * Elvis' one-and-only "all request show" in Asheville, North Carolina
      * How Loanna met The Colonel
      * why keyboardist David Briggs didn't hit 'bad' notes
      * the 'presidential' idea behind Aloha From Hawaii
      * Elvis banned from performing in Montreal, Canada
      * the Colonel's unpublicised charitable donations
      * why Elvis and the Colonel always bought ten tickets to an Elvis show
      * the day Elvis' plane almost collided with a tower in Roanoke,
      * the unusual reason Elvis started using police cars instead of
      limos to return to his hotel after a concert

      There is a fabulous story from Dick Grob about the first time he flew
      on the Lisa Marie and an amusing recollection about the night Elvis
      and his entourage could not find a hotel room...because all rooms were
      booked out due to a certain entertainer being in town!

      And the Colonel's clever marketing skills are well recognised when it
      is revealed Elvis held the record for merchandise sales at every venue
      he appeared at!

      This 'Special Collector's Edition' DVD features exclusive liner notes
      written for the DVD by Loanne Parker. Tragically, Al Dvorin was killed
      in a car accident two days after filiming the documentary.


      Video quality: Excellent

      Audio quality: Very Good

      Verdict: A great DVD release which is not only entertaining, but one
      which adds value to our understanding of both Elvis and the often
      misrepresented, Colonel Tom Parker.

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